Health Minister Tamil Nadu J Radhakrishnan on Friday called on all district collectors and commissioners of the Greater Chennai Corporation to be vigilant as the state shows a trend of increasing the number of Covid-19 cases – from about 1,500 a day to over 1,600. “What is worrying is that instead of the earlier weekly changes associated with the increase in the number of tests on weekdays, this increase is a consequence of the gradual increase in positivity,” he said in a message to all collectors.
While vaccination does not cover a significant population, surveillance of people in places where there are a lot of people imposes Covid behavior and contact monitoring in cases of clusters. Similarly, vaccination of maximal individuals is important for creating immunity among those not exposed.
Mega vaccination camp
He urged them to follow vaccinations for both the mega camp (Sunday) and the regular days to quickly cover those over 18 who have not been vaccinated, as well as those who qualify for the second dose. He asked them to report through public health and local mechanization in crowded places in order to effectively monitor contacts in cases of clusters.
The number of people infected with coronavirus in Tamil Nadu on Friday rose to 1,631 from 1,596 on Thursday, bringing the total number of people infected to 26,30,592.
After the dismissal of 1,523 persons, the total number of active cases in the state was 16,304. The number of registered deaths was 25, and 1,58,197 samples were tested.
Chennai reported 174 (186) cases, while Coimbatore reported 235 (224) new cases, according to the health ministry.